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Review

reprinted from "Going Natural" Vol. 16 No. 4, Winter 2001-02 

www.fcn.ca/GN.html

 

This is a fabulous calendar. Attractive, relevant, gutsy, witty, informative, artistic in several ways . . . the list goes on.

The front cover says "Supporting breast health & breast cancer research." Appropriately, a high percentage of the proceeds from sales goes towards support services for breast cancer. But there's more to it than that. When is the last time you noticed anyone involved in breast cancer causes speak positively about women's topfreedom? Or: when was the first time? This calendar may be it.

Naturists may cheer on seeing the story for June 2002: there you will find a photo of Gwen Jacob and a brief report of her magnificent court victory in 1996 that helped free women's breasts from the confines of the indecency laws in Canada, and to some extent in the USA.

The main monthly images, beautifully created in black and white by photographer Melanie Gillis, are thoughtful, touching, and imaginative. They are of women aged 18 to 58 with breasts of all shapes and sizes, and make no attempt to hide or deride those breasts. Quite the opposite: this calendar is a celebration of women and their breasts. So there is much more to it than even 12 insightful photos or a convincing argument to support a worthy cause.

The brains (and one of the bodies) behind this calendar is Sue Richards of Guelph, Ontario. She calls herself "Empress of Concept and Direction." You bet, and that's the least title she deserves.

Throughout it you will find many tips about breast care and health. There are quotations from all kinds of people, including William Shakespeare, Gloria Steinem and . . . Eeyore! Lots of holidays and other special days are marked, and there are facts and stories with every month. Be sure to read the whole first part of the calendar: it discusses breast self- examination in simple but enlightening terms, with photos of real breasts, not the usual line drawings. (Don't believe news reports that imply BSEs are not worthwhile.)

As mentioned, what makes this calendar remarkable and moving from a naturist perspective is that it focuses on preventing breast disease in the widest way. That means complete breast health, psychological as well as physical. Finally, something that realizes and promotes the complete picture, including acceptance and pride for breasts!

The calendar really celebrates not just breasts but women, and not just women but life. The concept seems obvious, but it's not to most people. In a calendar, it's a revelation.

It's time to be very breast and woman positive and get copies of this glorious production to tack onto at least one wall in every house, business, government department . . . did I miss anywhere? 

The only problems are minor. There could be more anniversaries noted, for example, of significant topfreedom dates. (The Topfree Equal Rights Association may help with that for next year's calendar.) The Gwen Jacob entry isn't quite right. But in the context of the whole calendar, none of this matters.

In conclusion: this is a beautiful and inspiring piece of work about women, and about their breasts and their freedom from all negative things, including shame and disease. There is nothing like it.

But eventually there may be. There are promises of a 2003 edition of the calendar. So that's another reason to buy some 2002 copies: help give this wonderful calendar its own anniversary.